Moving on is hard. Especially when the wounds are still fresh, the poor remains poor, and impunity still reigns.

Beyond EDSA, what have we become? Martial Law was lifted in 1986, and democracy was restored, but it seems like we are trapped in the cycle of immense passion and flaccid indifference. We have let the few powerful people to decide our fate.

When we ousted a fascist 30 years ago, we were so drunk with victory that we forgot about the real work that must be done after that. Yes we were liberated from the claws of the Marcoses, but are we truly free?

Our former executive director, Kumi Nadoo, said ‘In times of war, in times of threat to our families or nations we've found unforeseen strength, and we've done impossible things.’ EDSA is this. EDSA was our ‘impossible thing’. EDSA People Power is the force of our collective strength, brought about by fear for our very lives and that of our children.

EDSA proved, above all else, that the power of a single decision – to join the millions who went to EDSA to stand up against a dictator – has the power to change a nation. Individually, we have the power to change the course of history.

This election year, we need to reflect, not just on the gains that People Power brought us, but also on the losses – why is it, 30 years since it happened, many people still think that not much have changed? Why did we let the oligarchs and the elite plunder our nation and our natural resources? Why is it that many of today’s youth are so enamored with Martial Law?

Activism and pakikibaka, do these words still ring a bell? Do we still feel the urge to point out what is wrong, even if it will put us in conflict or even in danger? For the people in power, do they still have the ear to listen? Do we still have the courage to lend our voice to those who were disenfranchised? The struggle never ends, only because we forget to look back.

History is a good teacher that most of us forget to consult. The moment we forget history is the moment we are cursed to repeat it. This 2016, on the 30th anniversary of People Power, I urge you: go back to EDSA.